The 2016 Hyundai Elantra (2016 Hyundai Avante) has been officially unveiled in South Korea. Going with the company’s ‘Modern Premium’ brand direction, the sixth generation Elantra (Avante) switches from a sporty design to an elegant one.
The front of the all-new model features a large single-frame hexagonal grille and new headlamps, bumper, fog lamp housing, circular fog lamps and hood. The side profile loses the muscular appeal and has a rather simplistic appearance. The rear-end sports new bumper and LED tail lamps, and redesigned, upward rising boot.
The interior borrows cues from the company’s premium models Genesis and Sonata. The cabin is ergonomic and modern, and features use of soft-touch and high-quality materials throughout.
The all-new Elantra (Avante) comes with a plethora of modern safety and assistance features including Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) system, Blind Spot Detector (BSD) with Lane Change Assist (LCA), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) system and High Beam Assist (HBA).
The new generation model will be offered with three engine options in South Korea:
- 1.6-litre GDi turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 132 PS (130 hp) and 16.4 kg.m (161 Nm) of torque
- 1.6-litre VGT turbo-diesel engine that produces 136 PS (134 hp) and 30.6 kg.m (300 Nm) of torque
- 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 149 PS (147 hp) and 18.3 kg.m (179 Nm) of torque.
Available only in front-wheel drive, the new generation model will be offered three transmission options including 6-speed automatic, 6-speed manual and 7-speed DCT (1.6 VGT-exclusive) in South Korea.
The new generation Elantra (Avante) should offer a more comfortable and enjoyable drive, thanks to improved aerodynamics, handling and NVH levels. The suspension geometry has been redesigned for providing greater control and improved ride quality. The steering feel has been increased for better handling and more responsiveness. Hyundai claims that the 0.27Cd of Air Resistance Coefficient is the best in the segment.
For improving the NVH levels, the windscreen wipers have been re-engineered and carefully positioned, the door glass has been thickened and new rear-wheel guard materials have been used.
The sixth generation 2016 Hyundai Elantra will have its world premiere in European specification at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show (2015 IAA) this month, and likely go on sale in first markets, including North America, Europe and Oceania in early 2016. There may be a few styling and technical revisions on the Elantra that is sold globally.
2016 Hyundai Avante – Technical Specifications
|Capacity (cc)||Power (PS)||Torque (kg.m)|
|Diesel 1.6 VGT||1,582||136||30.6|
|2.0 MPi Atkinson||1,999||149||18.3|
6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic, 7-speed DCT (Double Clutch Transmission)
Suspension and damping:
|Front||MacPherson strut front suspension|
|Type||EPS (Electric Power Steering)|
|Overall steering gear ratio||13.9|
|Steering wheel turn
(lock to lock)
|Minimum turning radius||5.3 (m)|
Wheels and tyres:
|6.0Jx 15-inch steel / alloy wheels||195/65R15|
|6.5Jx 16-inch alloy wheels||205/55R16|
|7.0Jx 17-inch alloy wheels||225/45R17|
Exterior dimensions (mm):
|Front tread||1,563-15” / 1,555-16” / 1,549-17”|
|Rear tread||1,572-15” / 1,564-16” / 1,558-17”|
Interior dimensions (mm):
|Fuel tank (litres)||50|
|Luggage (litres)||SAE: 407 / VDA: 458|
NVH levels (dB):
|Road Noise (FRT/RR)||64|